Wednesday, November 22, 2006

YOU TUBE STUFF: SESAME STREET

Well, I had promised a link to this cool Sesame Street stuff that I saw on You Tube. I also heard there's some new DVD out featuring all the early Sesame Street stuff which is bound to be good for a few laughs. It's supposed to be all the early stuff from 1969-1974 when the show was really new. Maybe this was posted in conjunction with that to stir up some buzz, I dunno. I wouldn't be surprised. But the early days of Sesame Street were something, it was a very different show in a lot of ways.

For one thing, it was a smaller cast- Maria and Luis hadn't shown up yet. There was a different guy playing Gordon, and Mr. Hooper was still alive and kicking. There were a few bizarre clips from the opening season of Sesame Street which were on there on YouTube. For example, there was a very thin and bald-looking Big Bird. Here's another clip featuring Ernie and Bert's first appearance. Plus, Oscar the Grouch was not green; he was orange. Really bizarre stuff that a lot of us TV viewers grew up watching.

I think the early Sesame Street clips are quite something. The early years of this show was really the period when the show was really great. The sketches were really inspired and they had the great Jim Henson with some great Muppets routines and memorable characters; and the songs were memorable as well--- a lot of them done by the legendary Joe Raposo. Personally I think Sesame Street lost a lot when Henson and Raposo passed away; the songs and the Muppets were the real reasons this show was so great.

I think this show has kind of gone downhill in a lot of ways. These days it's all Elmo and all politically correct. They have Cookie Monster hawking fruits and vegetables now, he's gone all health-conscious! I think that is one big joke. These folks in charge ought to lighten up, it won't kill people to eat an occasional cookie. People who run Sesame Street take life way too seriously these days. Anyway that's that.

3 comments:

Pauline said...

I own this 3-disc DVD. Some highlights:

Herbert Birdsfoot, Harvey Kneeslapper, Sherlock Hemlock, and Roosevelt Franklin have all been resurrected. Snuffy makes his big debut, albeit almost unrecognizable at first with such big, green, crazy eyes.

You'll get to revisit the Land of E, take a ride on an eagle, while eating a peach, and chasing a beagle. You'll also remember never to invite a letter "M" to dinner, because he might just devour everything in your home that begins with "M" -- possibly even your entire loaf of bread...a carton of milk...and a stick of butter.

The ladybugs have their picnic...the Tweedlebugs go to the zoo...the Alligator King hands over his crown to his 6th son...the Martians explore Earth and discover the telephone...Wanda the Witch loses her wiry wig on a windy winter Wednesday...and one of Grover's occupations then was a harried restaurant waiter.

Sing along again like it's 1969 again with Joe Raposo's "Being a Pig" and Jeffrey Moss' "Rubber Duckie". There were tunes like "I Love Trash", "One of These Things", "I've Got Two", "Doin' the Pigeon", "Everybody Sleeps", "People in Your Neighborhood", and "C is For Cookie".

You'll see once again the animated counting sequences all in between -- complete with psychedelic colors, race cars, and yellow dots. That poor, clumsy, mustachioed chef with the 2 chocolate cream pies and 3 birthday cakes all fall down the stairs, just as we remember it.

Watching this, I felt like a kid again.

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